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Our team of artists, geologists, and fossil preppers, remain committed to the goal of perfecting their craft. 


Natural Fossil Preparation is the technique used to produce our famous fossil murals in relief.


Natural fossil preparation incorporates the use of small hand tools: air chisels, sandblasters, and picks to remove thin layers of stone that cover the fossil. Our artisans have perfected this craft over many years. The result of their labor is a highly detailed finished fossil, where the backbone, ribs, and skull, are raised in shallow relief. The stone and fossils show wonderful texture and color.

For tabletops, countertops, tiles, or other applications where a smooth finish is desired, the honed method is used. The honing process is a wet sanding process achieved using an orbital polisher that sands the stone down to the fossil layer using abrasive bricks and pads. The fine detail is brought out using smaller hand tools and picks. The result is a smooth matte stone finish where the fossils are displayed in cross section flush with the surface of the stone.